Kind of a Johnny-come-lately to this thread, but here's my 2 cents anyway...
Lots to love
- the return of lots of familiar faces
- Donna saves the Universe
- brilliantly played, twisted Davros
Plenty to cringe about
- Rose's ending
Because of how I got into the Whoniverse, I dearly love Rose, and I think she got screwed again. Not a lot to add that hasn't been said pro/con earlier in the thread.
- Donna's ending
Painful. Just plain painful. I concur with M'reen - I really hope Moffat finds a way to get her back, even briefly. A valiant death is better than this lesser life.
On a related note,
...didn't Jamie essentially get sent back to Culloden to die in a massacre with all his clansmen?
I was thinking that too- at least Jamie and Zoe got to keep memories of their first adventures- Zoe got to remember fighting off Cybermen with the Doctor and Jamie, so her's is probably the better end - tho Jamie, that's years of his life gone
- Earth getting towed home
As someone with a master's in astrophysics, I often cringe at the ridiculousness of SF plot points (e.g., in "Impossible Planet" when it is assumed a planet couldn't exist around a black hole because it would "fall in" - what poppycock). I've managed to build up a fairly robust willing suspension of disbelief, but this kind of takes the cake. However,
The towing I didn't have an issue with- I didn't think they were actually physically towing straight thru space like a camper tow out of a solar system, but thru time and space, to take it across the universe in what was probably a couple hours. I suppose if they had added the typical time-vortex sfx around the Earth and Tardis, that would have been clearer to the audience, but they couldnt have meant anything else to have happened since it didnt take them centuries to cross those thousands of lightyears (if not millions of lightyears)That makes a lot of sense. I can accept that explanation without my willing suspension of disbelief running screaming out of a 10th story window.
I also wanted to explore this regeneration thing a little further.
Still it was interesting the Tennant is now the 10th and 11th Doctor - he used up a regeneration for this- he may have spun the energy out to the hand after healing himself, but there is no denying the regeneration was used. So now he's just got the 12th and 13th left. He's got to learn to be more careful!
In the show he states that he managed to heal his body rather than regenerate, so he's still only the 10th Doctor.
As I pointed out in a different thread, didn't he still use a regeneration
even if he didn't regenerate
? Doesn't that mean the 12th Doctor
will be his last incarnation instead of a 13th, unless some plot device extends his ability to regenerate?